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Workplace injuries are an all too common reality for many people. Negligence on the part of your employer or a co-worker, lack of appropriate training or safety equipment can all lead to accidents in the workplace which can have a devastating impact on the victim. If, through no fault of your own, you’ve suffered an injury at your office, factory, warehouse or construction site we’re here to help you get the financial compensation you’ll need to get you back on your feet.
When you choose Wafer Phillips to handle your personal injury claim, you can count on more than 25 years’ experience in successful workplace injury claims, a friendly down-to-earth approach and a single-minded determination to deliver the best possible outcome for you and your future.
We deal with
Injuries suffered through failure to adhere to proper workplace practices and safety standards
Injuries suffered through the effects of standard workplace practices over a number of years, e.g. hearing loss from years working with loud equipment, or nerve damage of the hand due to years working with heavy machinery
These such cases are known as ‘Industrial Disease’ and this is something we are happy to deal with.
Unfortunately since 2012 sweeping changes have been made to the legal system. Costs are fixed so that we are only entitled to a set amount of money for the work that we do and this is very low. This therefore means that we are forced, as are other solicitors, to deduct part of your compensation in part payment of our costs and at the moment this is set at a maximum of 25% of your compensation. If you are to receive £4,000.00 in compensation we would deduct £1,000.00. There is obviously an incentive for us to secure for you the best possible deal –something that is, of course, mutually beneficial.
Prior to 2012 if a case was taken to Court and lost the defendant’s costs would have to be paid by the loser, either you or us. However, since the introduction of Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting – also known as QOCS - if a case proceeds to trial and is lost there is no responsibility on you or us to pay the opposition’s costs but there is one significant exception to this rule which is that if the Court decides, however, that if you have behaved fraudulently the protection is removed and you will be personally liable to pay the opposition’s fees. The Government are keen to stop what it sees as widespread fraud and deception (the actual reality is another matter) in regard to car crash claims and it is because of this perception that changes have been made and continue to be made to the legal system.